20 FIFA World Cup Facts and Figures

Compiled by Frederick Mordi

  1. The FIFA World Cup is the ‘world’s most widely viewed sporting event,’ which takes place every four years
  1. The World Cup is organised by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
  1. 32 teams participate in the World Cup
  1. 76 nations have played in at least one World Cup
  1. Uruguay won the first World Cup in 1930
  1. Eight national teams have won the World Cup, and they have added stars to their badges, with each star representing a World Cup victory. They include: Uruguay, Italy, Brazil, England, Germany, Argentina, France and Spain
  1. Nigeria made a debut in 1994 in USA
  1. The 1970 World Cup hosted by Mexico was the first to be televised in colour
  1. Ronaldo de Lima of Brazil is the highest all-time goal scorer with 15 goals in three World Cup appearances..
  2. The oldest footballer to score in a World Cup match was Roger Milla of Cameroon at the age of 42 years, 39 days against Russia in USA ’94. Russia won by a 6-1 margin.
  3. The first African to score at the World Cup was Abdulrahman Fawzi of Egypt in 1934.
  4. With five titles, Brazil are the most successful World Cup team and also the only nation to have played in every World Cup (19) to date.
  5. Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) are the only nations to have won consecutive titles.
  6. West Germany (1982–1990) and Brazil (1994–2002) are the only nations to appear in three consecutive World Cup finals
  7. Germany have made the most top-four finishes, with 12, while sharing the record of most top-two finishes with Brazil, with seven.
  8. The Adidas Golden Ball award is presented to the most outstanding player at each World Cup finals, with a list generated by the FIFA technical committee and the winner voted on by members of the media – 2010 Winner: Diego Forlan (Uruguay).
  9. The Adidas Golden Shoe award is presented to the top goal scorer at every World Cup finals – 2010 Winner: Thomas Müller (Germany)
  10. Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2010 in South Africa.
  11. 3.2 billion people worldwide watched the 2010 World Cup – 46.4% of the world
  12. Brazil will host the 20th edition from June 12-July 13 2014.

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